• After David invested 30 years in the corporate world and Sherry being a full-time Mom raising three sons,they wanted to own and operate a business of their own.  Of course, Sherry thought David was out of his mind. But with his background as a CPA and years of business operating experience first as chief financial officer and later as president of several insurance companies, David decided to bail out of the corporate world and pursue his own business.

    In November 2002, David and Sherry opened their first Champion Cleaners dry cleaning plant on Rocky Ridge Road in Vestavia Hills, Alabama. And in July 2006, they opened their second plant on Highway 280 at Highway 119 in Hoover, Alabama. In November 2010, we converted another dry cleaner in Calera to Champion Cleaners and now serve that part of Shelby County.

    All three plants are full service dry cleaning operations which means customers' clothes are not shipped away to central plants as many dry cleaning competitors do, sometimes to distant cities. While operating separate dry cleaning plants costs more than building a single, central plant with retail store locations, David and Sherry concluded early that service to their customers would be better, including fewer lost garments and better response to special customer needs, with separate, local dry cleaning plants.

    Today, David focuses on customer service, advertising and the long-term direction of the business. Sherry handles most of the back-office aspects of the business as Office Manager. Matt Whitehurst has joined the business and assists in some of the back office operations, assists with customer service activities at Rocky Ridge and oversees our smoke, fire, water and mold restoration business through a division of Champion Cleaners known as CRDN of Birmingham.  Matt is also responsible for our dry cleaner locker service to high-end condominiums, apartments and office buildings in the Birmingham area (Jefferson and Shelby counties).

    David is a Certified Wedding Gown Specialist.

  • Mark Whitehurst

    General Manager

    Mark has undergraduate and graduate degrees for the University of Alabama. He has 18 years of financial and management experience. Mark is a CPA and worked with PriceWaterhouseCoopers for 4 years. He moved into a financial role with Saks for 4 years when it was in Birmingham. When Saks relocated its corporate office out of Alabama, he moved to the Noland Health Services in Birmingham in a financial role with their Nursing Home operations and Hospital. He was there for 10 years before joining Champion Cleaners in October 2017.

    Mark is married to Jana (Scott) and live in Riverchase with their three children, Mason, Campbell and Callie.

  • Terry Hall

    Plant Manager – Rocky Ridge

    Terry joined Champion Cleaners in 2003 as a Customer Service Representative. He quickly showed interest in the technical aspects of dry cleaning. With practical, hands-on experience supplemented by industry training courses, Terry attained the ultimate in dry cleaning credentials, the Certified Garment Care Professional (CGCP) after completing the professional designations of Certified Professional Drycleaner(CPD), Certified Environmental Drycleaner (CED) and Certified Professional Wetcleaner (CPW). Terry is one of fewer than 100 such individuals with the CGCP designation in the United States.

    Terry served as our Plant Manager at Calera for 7 years and is now our Plant Manager at Rocky Ridge. Terry and his wife, Christy, live in Clanton.

  • Billy Mims

    Route Manager

    Billy joined Champion Cleaners in 2003, initially working part time as a Customer Service Representative while he also worked full time in sales for another company. When Champion Cleaners had an opening for a Route Manager, it was a natural fit. Billy has responsibility for maintaining our high standard of service for our pickup and delivery customers and for growing our list of about 1,000 customers we visit twice a week for home and office pickup and delivery service.

    Billy is married to Sheila Mims, our  Co-Manager at Greystone, and lives in Alabaster.

  • Kyle Gainer

    Co-Manager, Greystone


    Kyle joined Champion Cleaners in 2006, not long after we opened that location. He worked in our Route Delivery area and as a Customer Service Representative. With Kyles attention to detail and ability to learn quickly, Kyle was named Co-Manager at our Greystone location in 2016. Kyle lives in Vestavia Hills.

  • Sheila Mims

    Co-Manager, Greystone

    Sheila was the second person hired at Champion Cleaners and served as Customer Service Manager at Rocky Ridge before moving to the Greystone location in a similar position. Sheila has many years of dry cleaning experience, including service as plant manager and customer service manager for other dry cleaners. Already known to many of our customers even before we opened for business, Sheila knows most of our customers on a first name basis.

    Sheila and her husband Billy (see above) live in Alabaster.

  • Ric Pevey

    Plant Manager – Calera

    Ric is the Plant Manager at our Calera operation with responsibilities for our core retail dry cleaning business, our Maytag Equipped Coin Laundry and our textile and electronics restoration business, CRDN of Birmingham. Ric and his wife, Carolyn, live in Calera so he’ll have a short commute. They have two adult children, Cole and Mabrylane. They are a bright and talented family. If you live in Calera, you probably know the Pevey family.